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Saturday, April 25, 2020
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

534 Hillsmere Drive; Annapolis, MD 21403

2019 Authors

Roger McNamee has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years. He co-founded successful funds in venture, crossover and private equity. Mr. McNamee's most recent fund, Elevation, included U2’s Bono as a co-founder. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Mr. McNamee plays bass and guitar in the band Moonalice and is the author of The New Normal. He has served as a technical advisor for HBO’s Silicon Valley series and was also responsible for raising the money that created the Wikimedia Foundation. Check out this review of Zucked in the New York Times.

Twitter: @moonalice; Facebook: RogerMcNameeMusic; Website/Blog: moonalice.com, elevation.com, haightstreetart.org;

Photo by Court Mast

Deborah Fallows is a linguist and writer who holds a Ph.D in theoretical linguistics and is the author of two previous books. She has written for the Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, the New York Times, and the Washington Monthly, and has worked at the Pew Research Center, Oxygen Media and Georgetown University. She and her husband have two sons and five grandchildren.

James Fallows has been a national correspondent for the Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, and across the United States. He is the author of eleven previous books. Mr. Fallows's work has also appeared in many other magazines and as public-radio commentaries since the 1980s. He has won a National Book Award and a National Magazine Award. For two years Mr. Fallows was President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter.

Twitter:twitter.com/JamesFallows & twitter.com/FallowsDeb; Website: www.ourtownsbook.com

Photo Credit for Deborah Fallows - Liz Lynch

Photo Credit for James Fallows - Kyle Chesser

Moderator - Maggie Dods grew up in Linwood, NJ, as the youngest of five children. She and her twin brother both attend the Naval Academy with the class of 2019, where she studies English literature and Arabic. After commissioning, Midshipman Dods will spend two years at Oxford University studying Iraqi-Kurdish literature on a Rhodes Scholarship, after which she hopes to enter the Human Intelligence community of the Marine Corps. In her spare time, she is a passionate reader, painter, snowboarder, and baker.

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds honorary doctorates from the New School and Maryland Institute College of Art. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and a co-founder of JoinCampaignZero.org, MappingPoliceViolence.org, OurStates.org,  and ResistanceManual.org, Mr. Mckesson has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity. He is also the host of the critically acclaimed Pod Save the People, a weekly podcast creating space for conversation about the most important issues of the week. Mr. Mckesson was named one of the World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and as one of the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet by Time Magazine in 2016.

Twitter: @deray; Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamderay/

Moderator - Ivan J. Bates , attorney at law, is a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of the French Commando School who served his country in foreign and domestic assignments while assigned to the 32nd Air Defense Artillery Command in Europe. After earning his J.D. from the College of William and Mary, Mr. Bates was selected to serve as law clerk for the Honorable David B. Mitchell in Baltimore. When his term with Judge Mitchell ended, he was offered a position as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office. In 2006, Mr. Bates started his own firm Bates and Garcia PA. He is the former president of the Monumental Bar, served as a member of the board of directors for Baltimore Healthcare Access, was a former member of the board to elect the Baltimore City sitting judges, and is a current member of the Monumental Bar Foundation and the New Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Michael Isikoff is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who joined Yahoo News in 2014 as chief investigative correspondent. He previously served as national investigative correspondent for NBC News and Newsweek magazine, and worked as a reporter for the Washington Post. Mr. Isikoff is the author of three New York Times best-selling books: Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on American and the Election of Donald Trump (co-author David Corn); Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (co-author David Corn); and Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story, which chronicled his own reporting of the Monica Lewinsky story. In 2015, he wrote and produced Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays, a widely acclaimed documentary about the FBI’s “sex deviates” program that was screened at the National Archives and won an Edward R. Murrow award. Mr. Isikoff is also the co- host of the Yahoo News’ podcast, "Skullduggery: Scandals in the Trump Era." In 2009, he was named on a list of the 50 “Best and Most Influential Journalists" in the nation's capital by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Isikoff graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in 1974 and received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1976. Russian Roulette was named one of the Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2018.

Twitter: @isikoff

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania and director of its Annenberg Public Policy Center. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and a distinguished scholar of the National Communication Association. Dr. Jamieson is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association. Her award-winning books include Packaging the Presidency, Eloquence in an Electronic Age, Spiral of Cynicism (with Joseph Cappella), and The Obama Victory (with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy).

Moderator - April Doss currently chairs the Cybersecurity and Privacy practice at the law firm Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. Prior to that, she served as senior minority counsel for the Russia Investigation in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and as associate general counsel for intelligence law at the National Security Agency. She is a graduate of Yale, U.C. Berkeley, and Goucher College, and lives in Annapolis with her family.

Ken Starr has had a distinguished career in academia, the law and public service. Currently of counsel to the Lanier Law Firm, he served as president and chancellor of Baylor University and dean of the Pepperdine School of Law. Mr. Starr has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including during his service as U.S. Solicitor General. He served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, as Counselor and Chief of Staff to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith, and law clerk to both Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. Mr. Starr was appointed to serve as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994 to 1999. He serves on the boards of Advocates International and the Christian Legal Society as well as the Advisory Board of Alliance Defending Freedom. Mr. Starr earned a B.A. from George Washington University, an M.A. from Brown University, and a J.D. degree from Duke University Law School. He continues to write articles and books of interest and serves as a guest commentator for various news programs. He is the author of First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life; Bear Country: The Baylor Story; and his most recent book, a New York Times best seller, Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation. He and his wife live in Waco, TX. 

Moderator - John Beed is a senior U.S. diplomat, most recently serving as USAID’s mission director in Guatemala, and USAID faculty and chair at the National Defense University. He also was the mission director in Delhi where he pioneered a new U.S.-India global partnership on sustainable development. He served as USAID/Paraguay director, and as the U.S. development counselor in Japan, where he mobilized public and private aid for recovery following the devastating 2011 earthquake. He also served in Mexico, Russia, Egypt, and Namibia. He is a former staffer for U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, and Tulane University graduate

Greg Grandin is the author of Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A professor of history at New York University, Mr. Grandin has published a number of other widely acclaimed books, including Empire's Workshop, Kissinger's Shadow, and The Empire of Necessity, which won the Bancroft Prize.

Twitter: @greggrandin

Photo by Don Usner

Moderator - Marc Rodriguez  is an alderman and the first Hispanic-Latino elected official in the City of Annapolis. He grew up in Mexico with his American mother and Mexican father. After moving to the United States, Alderman Rodriguez attended The Key School and received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan. He is currently enrolled in the University of Maryland's Carey School of Law.

Evan Thomas is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestselling John Paul Jones, Sea of Thunder, and Being Nixon. He was a writer, correspondent and editor for thirty-three years at Time and Newsweek, including ten years as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek,where, at the time of his retirement in 2010, he was editor-at- large. Mr. Thomas wrote more than one hundred cover stories and in 1999 won a National Magazine Award. He wrote Newsweek's election specials in 1996, 2000, 2004 (winner of the National Magazine Award), and 2008. Mr. Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007-14, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism. Read a glowing New York Times review of First: Sandra Day O'Connor.

Photo by Edwin Tse

Moderator - Alexandra Wrage is president and founder of TRACE. She is the author of Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security and the host of the training DVD Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business, produced by NBC. Ms. Wrage hosts the popular weekly podcast "Bribe, Swindle or Steal." She is a guest blogger for Forbes and speaks frequently on topics of transparency, good governance and the hidden costs of corruption. She was a member of FIFA’s failed Independent Governance Committee and has served for four years on the B20 Taskforce on Anti-Corruption, drafting recommendations to G20 leaders to consider in their global economic policies. Ms. Wrage was named one of the “Canadians Changing the World” by the Toronto Globe & Mail and one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by the Maryland Daily Record. Raised in Canada and living now in the United States, Ms. Wrage studied law at King’s College, Cambridge University. She has provided anti-bribery consulting or training in over 120 countries.

Maria Hiaasen, wife of Capital Gazette shooting victim Rob Hiaasen, will be speaking about Mr. Hiaasen's recently published novel, Float Plan. She earned a bachelor of art's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982. Ms. Hiaasen directed the news staff at the university’s student radio station while working part-time on the news staff at WQDR-FM in Raleigh, NC, contributing to the station’s 1981 Peabody Award for a series on Vietnam veterans. Like her husband, she left broadcasting for print journalism and joined the Palm Beach Post in the late 1980s. There, Ms. Hiaasen worked as a police and general assignment reporter in the paper’s south county bureau. A former freelancer for the Baltimore Sun, she has taught English for fifteen years, most recently at Dulaney High School in Timonium. She led the school’s Columbia Student Press Association Gold Medal winning newspaper, The Griffin, for eight years. In 2017, she was recognized as a teacher mentor by the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program for her impact on one of her former journalism students.

A native of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Rob Hiaasen lived in Maryland for almost twenty-five years, where he wrote for the Baltimore Sun for much of that time. More recently he was an award-winning columnist and editor at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Mr. Hiassen's journalism has also appeared in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. His other published fiction is a short story in the mystery anthology, Baltimore Noir.

"When life throws you overboard, learn to float."

Moderator - Iris Krasnow is the author of Surrendering to Motherhood, the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, Surrendering to YourselfI Am My Mother's Daughter, and The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes To Stay Married.  Her newest book is: Sex After...Women Share How Intimacy Changes As Life Changes. Ms. Krasnow's writing has been featured in many national publications, including Parade, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and AARP the Magazine. She has been a guest on numerous national television and radio programs including Oprah, Good Morning America, TodayAll Things Considered, and CNN. Ms. Kransnow is a longtime professor of journalism and women’s studies at American University.

Website: www.iriskrasnow.com

Jo Giese is an award-winning radio journalist, author and former TV & radio reporter. As a special correspondent, she was part of the Peabody Award–winning team at "Marketplace," the most popular business program in America. At "Marketplace", Ms. Giese won an EMMA for Exceptional Radio Story from the National Women’s Political Caucus and a GRACIE from the Foundation of American Women in Radio. She has contributed to Ira Glass’s "This American Life" and is the author of A Woman’s Path and The Good Food Compendium. Ms. Giese has written for scores of publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, LA Weekly, European Travel & Life, and the Malibu Times. She lives in Southern California and Bozeman, MT, with her husband.

Website: jogiese.com

Peggy Rowe , after a brief teaching career, was a stay-at-home mom to three sons: Mike (of Dirty Jobs fame), Scott, and Phil. She began writing in her 60s and has been published in newspapers and magazines since 2002. Ms. Rowe regularly contributes humorous texts, letters and essays on Mike Rowe’s Facebook page in a blog series he calls, “Mondays with Mother.” She became a favorite among his 5+ million “little Facebook friends,” as she affectionately calls them, when her story Old Blue went viral with more than 68 million impressions. Having been blessed with rich material her entire life, Ms. Rowe has finally produced her first book at 80 years old. About My Mother has appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists. She is hard at work on her next book in Baltimore, where she lives with her husband of 59 years, John.

Moderator - Joann Vaughan has a 20-year career in nonprofit management. As the executive director of the Maryland Federation of Art (MFA), she has made it her goal to expand the mission of creating connections in the community through art. Prior to coming to MFA in June 2008, Ms. Vaughan created and ran the Annapolis Book Festival, building it from an idea to a multi-faceted, nationally televised event. Her prior experience includes serving as the director of education and training for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and serving on the international board of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Ms. Vaughan holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in management from the University of Maryland, University College. She is a certified consultant for the Standards for Excellence. In 2018, Ms. Vaughan received the first Annie Award for the Art of Leadership in the Arts from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and a Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award from the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County YWCA.

Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game, The First Family Detail and The Secrets of the FBI. A former Wall Street Journal and Washington Post investigative reporter, Mr. Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards: one for national reporting and one for community service. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Kessler lives in Potomac, MD, with his wife, Pamela Kessler, also an author and former Washington Post reporter.

Website: www.RonaldKessler.com

Moderator - Stephen Wrage worked at the Brookings Institution and earned his master's degree and doctorate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In 1980, he became assistant dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and now serves as a professor of political science at the U.S. Navel Academy. Dr. Wrage has published widely on ethics and American foreign policy. He was a Pew Faculty Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government and spent a Fulbright year at the National University of Singapore. Dr. Wrage's published works include Immaculate Warfare, on the ethics of precision guided munitions, Spirits Talking: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Abigail Adams Argue Right and Wrong in the Affairs of States, and The Politics and Strategy of No-Fly Zones.

David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator and prize-winning author. He is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and adjunct professor of astrophysical and planetary science at the University of Colorado. Dr. Grinspoon’s writing has been published in such publications as Nature, Science, Slate, Scientific American, Natural History, Nautilus, Astronomy, Seed, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Sky & Telescope Magazine where he is a contributing editor. His previous book Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Nonfiction.  Dr. Grinspoon has been a recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Public Communication of Planetary Science by the American Astronomical Society. He lectures widely, and appears frequently as a science commentator on television, radio and podcasts. He resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and dog.

Twitter:  @DrFunkySpoon; Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ChasingNewHorizonsBook/; Website: Funkyscience.net

Moderator - Michael Akkerman received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and M.S. in aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics from the University of Texas. He worked as a mechanisms engineer on Orbital Science’s/NASA’s X-34 technology demonstrator and was the lead structural engineer on the first composite carrier to fly on the Space Shuttle as part of Hubble Servicing Mission 4. Mr. Akkerman also served as a deployed dynamics analyst on the James Webb Space Telescope and, most recently, as a thermal distortion and integrated modeling engineer on the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope.

David Reichenbaugh is the author of In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, whose passion for law enforcement started at a very early age. He retired after serving for 23 years with the Maryland State Police as a lieutenant and barrack commander in Cumberland Maryland. Mr. Reichenbaugh's career started as a road trooper and continued on as a criminal investigator, undercover narcotics investigator, major violators supervisor, and homicide and high profile case investigator. Post 9/11, he served as operations commander for the Criminal Intelligence Division.

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Moderator - Jayne Miller is chief investigative reporter for the WBAL-TV I-Team in Baltimore. She’s been a broadcast journalist for more than forty years. Ms. Miller's reporting has led to changes in legislation, public policy and private industry practices and standards. She is a Penn State Alumni Fellow and her work has earned a DuPont award and an Edward R. Murrow award. Ms. Miller lives in Baltimore and is active in civic affairs, serving on the boards of several non-profits.

Brian VanDeMark teaches history at the U.S. Naval Academy, where, for more than twenty-five years, he has educated students about the Vietnam War. A Ph.D. graduate of UCLA and an elected visiting fellow at Oxford University, Dr. VanDeMark served as research assistant on Clark Clifford's best-selling autobiography, Counsel to the President: A Memoir. He also co-authored Robert McNamara's best-seller, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. A Texas native, he now lives in Maryland.

Moderator - Stephen Wrage worked at the Brookings Institution and earned his master's degree and doctorate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In 1980, he became assistant dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and now serves as a professor of political science at the U.S. Navel Academy. Dr. Wrage has published widely on ethics and American foreign policy. He was a Pew Faculty Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government and spent a Fulbright year at the National University of Singapore. Dr. Wrage's published works include Immaculate Warfare, on the ethics of precision guided munitions, Spirits Talking: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Abigail Adams Argue Right and Wrong in the Affairs of States, and The Politics and Strategy of No-Fly Zones.

Timothy Denevi is the author of Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism and Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD. His essays on politics, sports and religion have recently appeared in the Paris Review, New York Magazine, Salon, the Normal School, and Literary Hub, where he serves as the nonfiction editor. Mr. Denevi received his MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and he has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He is an assistant professor at George Mason University and lives with his family near Washington, DC.

Twitter: @TimDenevi; Website: timdenevi.com

Moderator - Alex Cortright is a veteran radio personality in the Baltimore-DC region where he has hosted morning shows and entertained his listeners for over two decades with ideas, stories and perspective all delivered in his inimitable, resonant voice. Engaging conversation is an essential part of his mission. Mr. Cortright believes a good story is powerfully nourishing. To this end, he has interviewed hundreds of fascinating people including musicians, authors, actors, politicians, artists and many other notables. Mr. Cortright is also a voice actor who works in the commercial, narration and industrial fields.

Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife and a columnist for All Animals magazine. A frequent speaker on garden ecology, she founded Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to animal-friendly landscaping. Ms. Lawson’s book and wildlife habitat have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Oprah Magazine. She led the creative teams behind award-winning magazines at the Humane Society of the United States. A Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional, Ms. Lawson volunteers as a master naturalist and master gardener in Maryland.

Twitter: @humanegardener; Facebook: humanegardener; Website: www.humanegardener.com 

Photo by Meredith Lee

Ginger Woolridge is the author of Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States (co-author Tony Dove). She studied landscape architecture and is an Annapolis-based designer and consultant. Essential Natives was included in the 2018 New York Times Summer Reading List and is a tool for making quick and confident native plant choices.

Moderator - Kyle Marsh is a local state-certified horticulturist specializing in woody trees and shrubs who has been working in the horticulture industry for over twenty years. He worked for many years in landscape installation, gaining more and more knowledge along the way. Mr. Marsh then moved into the retail space and started focusing on educating customers on all the “do’s and don’ts” of plants. He is now the perennial/succulent/herb/vegetable grower at Greenstreet Growers in Lothian.

Michael Dobbs was born and educated in Britain, but is now a U.S. citizen. He was a long-time reporter for the Washington Post, covering the collapse of communism as a foreign correspondent. Mr. Dobbs has taught at several leading American universities, including Princeton, the University of Michigan, and Georgetown. He is currently on the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Mr. Dobbs's previous books include the best-selling One Minute to Midnight on the Cuban missile crisis, which was part of an acclaimed Cold War trilogy. He lives in Bethesda, MD.

Website: www.michaeldobbsbooks.com

Gary Reiner, after retiring in 2012, began his quest to fulfill his commitment to his father Kurt to some day publish his father’s memoir. In the process of finalizing the book, Mr. Reiner pieced together each event described by his dad and presented the story in chronological order. In order to corroborate the narrative, he also added the personal and scarce documentation his father hand-carried from Europe. Prior to retirement, Gary spent nearly thirty years as a criminal justice consultant and project director.

Website: www.countingonamerica.com

Moderator - Anne Merrill is the digital content strategist and editor at the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She joined the Levine Institute in 2018 after having spent more than seven years in the Museum’s Marketing Office as editorial director and, most recently, associate creative director. In her current role, Ms. Merrill is responsible for overseeing content planning and implementation for the Museum’s educational digital presence including its website, blog and social media. Prior to working at the Museum, she served for ten years in communications roles at various institutions of higher education, including Georgetown University and Boston College. Ms. Merrill holds a master’s degree in French literature from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University.

Maria Leonard Olsen is the author of 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life, a mother, attorney, women writing/empowerment retreat leader, recovery mentor, and cohost of WPFW's “Inside Out” radio show in Washington, DC. She served as a Clinton Justice Department political appointee and on the boards of Children’s National Medical Center BOV, the Catholic Coalition for Special Education, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Washington. Ms. Olsen's book chronicles her authenticity journey and how she overcame trauma by igniting her life with physical challenges, adventure travel, lifestyle changes, and spiritual practices.

Website: www.MariaLeonardOlsen.com; Facebook & Twitter: @fiftyafter50

Moderator - Bethanne Patrick is a writer, author and literary critic whose work appears frequently in the Washington Post, on NPR Books, and in TIME magazine. She also writes for the L.A. Times, Poets & Writers magazine, and Lit Hub, where she is a contributing editor and columnist. Ms. Patrick's books include An Uncommon History of Common Things, An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy, and The Books That Changed My Life. She is currently working on a memoir for the Counterpoint Press. Ms. Patrick lives with her family in Northern Virginia.

Chloe Schwenke is an author, academic, human rights activist, feminist, and ethicist who serves as interim executive director of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. An openly transgender woman with extensive international experience in developing countries, Dr. Schwenke's career has focused on non-profit management, research, human rights program design, evaluation, advocacy, and writing. In 2013, she was named alumna of the year at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in 2013 and was the recipient of the National Center for Transgender Equality national award for public service.
 

Website: www.chloemaryland.net

Arjun Singh Sethi is a community activist, civil rights lawyer, writer, and law professor based in Washington, DC. He works closely with Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Sikh communities and advocates for racial justice at the local and national levels. Mr. Sethi's writing has appeared in the Guardian, Politico, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and he is featured regularly on national radio and television. He holds faculty appointments at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School, and co-chairs the American Bar Association's National Committee on Homeland Security, Terrorism, and Treatment of Enemy Combatants.

Twitter: @arjunsethi81; Website: survivorsspeakout.org

Moderator - Jenifer Moore is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Key School. She earned degrees from Trinity Washington, DC, and Howard University. Ms. Moore is a native Washingtonian with a love for learning, a deep connection to the community, and a hunger to interrupt inequity in education. She has served children since 2003 as a teacher, tutor and school leader and uses her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to teach others to interrupt institutional biases within the educational system.

Beth Kanter is a writer, teacher and photographer based in Washington, DC. She is the author of numerous books including Great Food Finds Washington, DC,Washington, DC Chef’s Table, and No Access Washington, DC. Ms. Kanter's essays and articles have appeared in national newspapers, magazines, and online publications including the Chicago Tribune, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Paste, Parents, Shape, and the Kitchn. She earned her MSJ from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Ms. Kanter has been leading the popular “Boot Camp for Writers” workshop at the Writer's Center in DC for almost ten years, in addition to teaching at retreats and other events.

Twitter: @FoodLoversDC

Kathryn Schwille's fiction has appeared in New Letters, Memorious, Crazyhorse, West Branch, Sycamore Review, and other literary journals. Her stories have twice received special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. Ms. Schwille was an award-winning newspaper reporter before moving to North Carolina to become an editor at the Charlotte Observer. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she lives with her husband in Charlotte, NC.

Instagram: @kathrynschwille; Website: kathrynschwille.com 

Moderator - Barbara Klein Moss is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. She is the author of a collection of stories, Little Edens and a novel, The Language of Paradise, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Ms. Moss's fiction has appeared in New England Review, the Georgia Review, the Missouri Review, Southwest Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review (Summer/Fall 2018), and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2001. In addition, her stories have been shortlisted for the O. Henry Prize and the Best American Short Stories 2002 and twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize collections. She has received fellowships in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and MacDowell, two Individual Artist awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and an Annie Literary Arts Award from the Anne Arundel County Arts Council.

Tope Folarin is a Nigerian-American based in Washington, DC. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013 and was shortlisted once again in 2016. He was also recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 40. He serves as vice president of content and storytelling at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and as chair of the board of trustees of the Institute for Policy Studies. He was educated at Morehouse College and the University of Oxford, where he earned two master's degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. His debut novel, A Particular Kind of Black Man, will be published by Simon & Schuster in August.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan fiction writer. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013. Her short story, Let's Tell This Story Properly won the regional (Africa) and overall Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2014. Ms. Nansubuga Makumbi won an Arts Council Grant to research her second novel, The First Woman, coming out in 2020. Her collection of short stories, Let’s Tell The Story Properly, will be published in the U.S. on April 30, 2019. Ms. Nansubuga Makumbi is a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize 2018. She has a Ph.D. from Lancaster University and lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Website: www.jennifermakumbi.net 

Vivek Narayanan  was born in India and grew up in Zambia. He earned an M.A. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Boston University. Mr. Narayanan's books of poems include Universal Beach and Life and Times of Mr S. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in Chimurenga, Harvard Review, the Caribbean Review of BooksAgni, the Village Voice, and elsewhere. Mr. Narayanan has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University (2013-14) and a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library (2015-16). He has also extensively explored approaches to the performance of poetry including, recently, writing lyrics as part of "Insurrections," a collective of South African and Indian poets and musicians. Mr. Narayanan currently teaches at George Mason University.

Drawing by Dyuti Mittal

Moderator - Olufemi Terry, a writer, essayist and journalist based in Washington, DC, is the Sierra-Leone born winner of the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing. His fiction has been translated into French and German, and published most recently in One World Two: A Second Global Anthology of Short Stories. His nonfiction essays have appeared in the American Scholar, Africa is a Country and Electric Literature. As a juror for the Miles Morland Scholarship and the Artraker Award, he has contributed to the disbursement of over £450,000 in prize and scholarship funds to writers and visual artists.

Peter Blauner is the author of eight novels, including Slow Motion Riot, winner of an Edgar Allan Poe award for best first novel from Mystery Writers of America, and The Intruder, a New York Times bestseller. He began his career as a journalist for New York magazine in the 1980s and segued into writing fiction in the 1990s. Mr. Blauner's short fiction has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories and on Selected Shorts from Symphony Space. For the last ten years, he has written for several television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and the CBS series, Blue Bloods. His newest novel is Sunrise Highway. Mr. Blauner lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, author Peg Tyre.

Twitter: @peterblauner; Peter Blauner; Website: www.peterblauner.com

Liv Constantine is the pen name of USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling authors and sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Separated by three states, they spend hours plotting via FaceTime and burning up each other's emails. They attribute their ability to concoct dark storylines to the hours they spent listening to tales handed down by their Greek grandmother. The Last Mrs. Parrish, a national bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine book club pick, is their debut thriller. Rights for The Last Mrs. Parrish have been sold in 22 countries around the world.

Twitter @livconstantine2; Instagram @livconstantine2;
Facebook: LivConstantineAuthor; Website: www.livconstantine.com

Moderator - Doug Norton writes international thrillers, drawing on twenty-six years of seagoing and diplomatic service in the navy, from Vietnam to Desert Storm. Armed with plot ideas and characters from naval and diplomatic adventures spanning most of the cold war, he first wrote Code Word: Paternity. The sequel, Code Word: Pandora, appeared in 2017. His next book, Code Word: Persepolis is forthcoming in 2019. A graduate of the Naval Academy and of the University of Washington, Captain Norton was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow and director of International Studies at the Naval Academy.

Kevin Cowherd is the New York Times best-selling author of Hothead and five other baseball novels for young readers written with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. He has also written five books of non-fiction. His latest, When the Crowd Didn’t Roar: How Baseball’s Strangest Game Ever Gave a Broken City Hope, will be released in April. In vivid detail, it chronicles the historic baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox in locked-down Camden Yards–the only one in the history of the major league played without fans–played during the Freddie Gray riots that convulsed Baltimore in the spring of 2015. Mr. Cowherd was an award-winning sports and features columnist for the Baltimore Sun for 32 years and has also written for Men’s Health, Parenting and Baseball Digest magazines. A collection of his newspaper columns is titled Last Call at the 7-Eleven. He lives in northern Baltimore County with his wife.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kevin.cowherd.3; Website: kevincowherd.com

Moderator - Brian Boyd has been teaching Humanities at the high school and collegiate level for the past twenty-two years, the last seventeen at the Key School.  A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has a passion for philosophical discussion and debate that has served as the core component of his classroom teaching over the years.  Beyond the classroom, Mr. Boyd serves as the Athletic Director at the Key School, where he is able to blend his passion for sports and his desire for all students to have the opportunity to learn great life lessons through athletics.

Mark Di Ionno was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist in commentary and a six-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s annual column writing award. Gods of Wood and Stone, his second novel, was called “one of the greatest baseball novels ever written” by editors of Spitball, a sports literary magazine. His first novel, The Last Newspaperman, was a finalist in USA Books and ForeWord Reviews “Best of 2012” contests. His short story “Intersections” appeared in last year’s acclaimed It Occurs to Me I am America anthology. He is the father of six and lives in Mountain Lakes, NJ.

Website: www.markdiionno.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/mark.diionno.1/

Andy Kutler is an award-winning author living in Arlington, VA. A native of Madison, WI, with a B.A. from Michigan State University and an M.A. from Georgetown University, he has previously worked on the senior legislative staff of two United States Senators before serving as a senior policy officer with the U.S. Secret Service. Mr. Kutler is serving today as a senior policy adviser to the national security community. The Other Side of Life was his first published novel. It was awarded a Bronze Medal from the 2016 Independent Publishers Book Awards, and Honorable Mention from Foreword Magazine’s 2016 INDIEFAB Awards.

Twitter: @akutler; Facebook: andykutlerfanpage; Website: www.andykutler.com/ 

Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning journalist and author of The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever–and What to Do About It. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Fortune, Mother Jones, New York Times, Parents, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post, and Working Mother. Ms. Lewis is an EWA Education Reporting Fellow and Logan Nonfiction Fellow, whose residencies include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale. A Harvard physics graduate, she previously worked as a national correspondent for Newhouse and Bloomberg News, covering everything from financial and media policy to the White House.

Photo by Suz Redfearn

Twitter: twitter.com/KatherineLewis; Facebook: www.facebook.com/Katherine.R.Lewis/;  Instagram: www.instagram.com/katherinereynoldslewis/

Sother Teague is a professional bartender, the beverage director at New York bitters bar Amor y Amargo, and a co-founder of NYC charity pop-up bar Coup. He’s also the host of “Speakeasy” on Heritage Radio Network. Mr. Teague has been featured as a cocktail expert in several outlets including Esquire, the New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out, BuzzFeed, and more. In 2018, he was honored with Wine Enthusiast's "Mixologist of the Year" award. Mr. Teague's newest book is I'm Just Here for the Drinks

Twitter: mobile.twitter.com/CreativeDrunk; Instagram.com/CreativeDrunk; Facebook:www.facebook.com/creativedrunk

Moderator - Michael Glass is a principal and managing member of  the Michael Glass Law Firm, which concentrates in complex civil litigation and transactional work. He has donated numerous hours doing pro bono legal work, was awarded the Maryland Pro Bono Service Award for Baltimore City, and has donated nearly 2,000 volunteer hours as a volunteer diver at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Mr. Glass is an avid skier, traveler, endurance athlete, and cocktail enthusiast.

Laura Gehl is the award-winning author of picture books with humor and heart, including One Big Pair of Underwear, the Peep and Egg series, My Pillow Keeps Moving, and I Got a Chicken for My Birthday. Delivery Bear, illustrated by Paco Sordo, is her most recent book. She lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with her husband and four children.

Twitter:@authorlauragehl; Facebook: facebook.com/authorlauragehl; Website: www.lauragehl.com

Kurt Fried is the author of Tooth Fairies and Jetpacks (illustrated by Patrick Meehan). He is an award-winning copywriter who especially enjoys writing about science and medicine, and he wants to encourage kids to develop a love for science, too. Mr. Fried received his MFA in creative writing from American University. Originally from Kansas, he now lives in New Jersey. Tooth Fairies and Jetpacks is his first book.

Twitter:@KurtFried; Facebook: facebook.com/toothfairiesandjetpacks

Aliya Peremel is an eighth grader at The Key School and the author of Counting to 17, a poetic tribute to the seventeen Parkland, FL, school shooting victims. She has enjoyed writing and composing since she was little girl and has had several of her poems published, including Change, for which she was honored at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. Other published poems include The Red-Handed Girl and The Seeing Man. Ms. Peremel recently completed her first novel, Regret, Revenge, Repeat, which she hopes to have published this spring. She lives in Annapolis with her parents and younger brother.

Moderator - Jane Zanger is currently a middle school humanities teacher and department chair at The Key School. She has taught students from kindergarten through grade 12 in four different independent schools over the course of her 32-year teaching career. In addition to teaching French and Humanities, she has served as a college advisor and administrative director, relishing her time in the classroom above all else. Her academic passions include poetry and post-colonial literature.

Renee Brooks Catacalos, is the former publisher of Edible Chesapeake magazine and served as deputy director for Future Harvest-Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. She is currently a member of the steering team for the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, a regional food system initiative working to catalyze connections and collaborations that build a sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and equitable regional food system in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Twitter: @reneeeatslocal; Facebook: reneeeatslocal; Website: reneeeatslocal.com

Cathy Barrow is a freelance food writer, cooking teacher and food preservation expert. She writes the “Bring It” column in the Washington Post’s food section. Her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, won the prestigious IACP award for best single-subject cookbook in 2015. Ms. Barrow has written for the New York Times, Serious Eats, Garden & Gun, the Local Palate, Saveur, Southern Living, Food52, AllRecipes Magazine, NPR, and National Geographic, among others. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband and two rescued terriers.

Twitter:@CathyBarrow; Facebook:@CathyBarrow; Website: www.cathybarrow.com

Photo Credit - Julia Rochelle

Moderator - Misti Dragano, along with her husband Chef Dave Pow, are restaurant entrepreneurs in Annapolis. Their restaurants Soul--recently named Annapolis’s Best New Restaurantand Best Chef--and Blue Rooster Café, bring a modern twist to Southern comfort food. Supporting local farmers, brewers, bakers, and roasters, their restaurants highlight the abundant agriculture and farming spirit of Maryland. Ms. Dragano has a twenty-year career in marketing and public relations.

2019 PANEL OFFERINGS

If you love biographies, you will like these panels:
First: Sandra Day O’Connor
4:00pm, Room 1
Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Crusade Against American Fascism
4:00pm, Room 2

If you love business and technology, you will like these panels:
Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
10:00am, Room 1

If you love children’s books, you will like these panels:
Delivery Bear
10:00am, Room 5
Tooth Fairies and Jetpacks
10:30am, Room 5

If you love cooking or cocktails, you will like these panels:
The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local
12:00pm, Room 5
Happy Hour! Featuring Sother Teague
4:00pm, Room 4
Pie Squared: Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies
1:30pm, Room 5

If you love current affairs and politics, you will like these panels:
American Hate: Survivors Speak Out
2:00pm, Room 3
Counting to 17: A Tribute to the Parkland Victims
11:00am, Room 5
Hacked? Russia and 2016 Election
1:00pm, Room 1
Ken Starr and the Clinton Investigation
2:00pm, Room 1
On the Border: Immigration in America
3:00pm, Room 1
On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope
12:00pm, Room 1
Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
11:00am, Room 1
SELF-ish: A Transgender Awakening
1:00pm, Room 3
The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game
12:00pm, Room 2
Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
10:00am, Room 1

If you love fiction, you will like these panels:
America’s Favorite Pastime in Fiction
2:00pm, Room 4
Fiction: Thrillers
12:00pm, Room 4
Fiction: What Luck, This Life
4:00pm, Room 3
Rob Hiaasen’s Float Plan, presented by Maria Hiaasen
10:00am, Room 2
Writing Back to the African Continent
11:00am, Room 4

If you love gardening, you will like these panels:
Your Maryland Garden
10:00am, Room 3

If you love history, you will like these panels:
First: Sandra Day O’Connor
4:00pm, Room 1
Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Crusade Against American Fascism
4:00pm, Room 2
Ken Starr and the Clinton Investigation
2:00pm, Room 1
On the Border: Immigration in America
3:00pm, Room 1
Road to Disaster: A New History of America's Descent into Vietnam
3:00pm, Room 2
Seeking a Safe Haven: Stories of the Holocaust
11:00am, Room 3

If you love books with local interest/local authors, you will like these panels:
The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local
12:00pm, Room 5
Counting to 17: A Tribute to the Parkland Victims
11:00am, Room 5
In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers
2:00pm, Room 2
No Access DC: Hidden Treasures, Haunts & Forgotten Places
3:00pm, Room 3
On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope
12:00pm, Room 1
Road to Disaster: A New History of America's Descent into Vietnam
3:00pm, Room 2
Rob Hiaasen’s Float Plan, presented by Maria Hiaasen
10:00am, Room 2
When the Crowd Didn't Roar: How Baseball Gave a Broken City Hope
1:00pm, Room 4
Your Maryland Garden
10:00am, Room 3

If you love memoirs, you will like these panels:
Ken Starr and the Clinton Investigation
2:00pm, Room 1
Life Lessons from Mothers to Daughters
11:00am, Room 2
Seeking a Safe Haven: Stories of the Holocaust
11:00am, Room 3
SELF-ish: A Transgender Awakening
1:00pm, Room 3
You’re Never Too Old
12:00pm, Room 3

If you love parenting books, you will like these panels:
Life Lessons from Mothers to Daughters
11:00am, Room 2
Parenting: The Good News About Bad Behavior
3:00pm, Room 4

If you love self-help books, you will like these panels:
You’re Never Too Old
12:00pm, Room 3

If you love space exploration, you will like these panels:
The New Race to Space
1:00pm, Room 2

If you love sports, you will like these panels:
America’s Favorite Pastime in Fiction
2:00pm, Room 4
When the Crowd Didn't Roar: How Baseball Gave a Broken City Hope
1:00pm, Room 4

If you love travel/international interest books, you will like these panels:
No Access DC: Hidden Treasures, Haunts & Forgotten Places
3:00pm, Room 3
Writing Back to the African Continent
11:00am, Room 4

If you love true crime and action-packed books, you will like these panels:
Fiction: Thrillers
12:00pm, Room 4
In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers
2:00pm, Room 2

2019 AUTHORS & PANELISTS

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